Other Trade Issues

Other Trade Issues

Because the United States has never been self-sufficient in sugar production, American food and beverage manufacturers must rely on imports to meet consumer demand each year.

That’s why SUA supports efforts to modernize and streamline international trade policies – multilaterally in the World Trade Organization, regionally in trade pacts like the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and bilaterally in U.S. trade agreements with Colombia, Peru and Panama, among others.

SUA is fully engaged in advocating for competitive trade policies – by building alliances with U.S. farm groups, industrial groups and non-agricultural firms – to promote comprehensive agreements that include market-opening provisions on sugar because:

  • Additional sources of supply encourage a more competitive U.S. sugar market;
  • Excluding sugar from trade agreements permits other countries to also deny U.S. commodities export opportunities in new markets, including those that the U.S. farm and food sector can export competitively; and
  • Expanding sugar trade reduces the price of sugar for U.S. food and beverage companies and consumers, boosts U.S. exports and supports hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

Our most recent efforts have been focused on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the potential Transatlantic and Investment Partnership Agreement (TTIP) negotiations.

Learn more about sugar and international trade from the following resources: